hello,i'm 39 years old thinking to be pregnant but i'm with a medical history of idiopathic thrompocytopenia and recurrent abortion as factor-v-leiden found to be hetrozygous now my doctor decide that if i want to be pregnant i should take heparin and aspirin
I am surprised that your doctor wants to use heparin, as it has a very short half-life. Also, aspirin is typically discontinued in patients who have ITP as it further inhibits platelet function, something you don't want. I would have expected that (s)he would have prescribed Lovenox, which is a Low Molecular Weight Heparin (LMWH) or possibly Arixtra. You are probably going to have to take 2-3 shots/day of the heparin. Typically you would only need to take 1 shot/day of Lovenox or Arixtra. I would recommend that you find an OB-GYN that specializes in high risk pregnancies and a Hematologist. You will need to make sure that the two of them work closely together. I hope this helps.
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